Syria's allies are heading for a showdown at the UN. Britain intends to submit a resolution to the Security Council, which Russia is likely to block.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Raqqa’s remaining 25,000 civilians trapped by Islamic State (IS) die-hards must be helped to flee, Amnesty International has said. The group says "all sides," including US-backed forces, must stop indiscriminate bombing.
The White House has claimed that it has identified plans for another chemical weapons attack in Syria. It warned of drastic action should Assad use chemical weapons.
The US has blacklisted 16 Chinese and Russian entities for their role in North Korea's weapons development. The move coincided with reports the UN is investigating North Korean shipments to a Syrian chemical arms agency.
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